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Verizon To Shut Down App Store By January

wannabegeek2 Re:The new weakness of App Stores? (59 comments)

Right now I could use some Mod points. Mod hairyfeet up and Insightful ladies and gentlemen.

You might not like what he's saying, but he's right, and computer technology is not the only industry going this way. Aviation is too.

about 2 years ago
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Crushed Silicon Triples Life of Li-Ion Batteries In the Lab

wannabegeek2 I need this NOW! (123 comments)

Droid 4 owner here... I need a battery made with this technology NOW. Maybe then a charge would last a whole work day.

about 2 years ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

wannabegeek2 "Rrevolution" show? (413 comments)

Maybe this will be a test case to seee if the new television drama "Revolution" foretells humanity's reaction to a loss of electrical power, or debunks the portrayal.

Here's hoping its the latter...

about 2 years ago
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EFF Challenges National Security Letter

wannabegeek2 Re:God Bless America! (153 comments)

I remember, and thank you for the help!

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

wannabegeek2 Legislators, no more like subversive fascist (1165 comments)

Elected officials which put forth a bill like this should be shown the coast, and have their citizenship revoked. Everyone of the elected officials took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution. What attempts at law making like this do, is the reciprocal of the oath they took.

more than 2 years ago
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Ray Bradbury Has Died

wannabegeek2 Mr. Bradbury, may you have peace... (315 comments)

I owe Mr. Bradbury and his golden age of science fiction brethern a great deal. It was his writing and that of Wells, Verne, Assimov and others which pulled me up from a path of near illiteracy to being an avid reader.

If there is an after life, I hope Bradbury, Verne, Clark and all the others have already started writing for the inhabitants. They'll be better off for it.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Caught On Camera Returning Seized Server

wannabegeek2 wipe and dump (267 comments)

I sincerely hope the server owner and users consider tne equipment hopelessly compromised, and quickly and completely dispose of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

wannabegeek2 Re:Chrome (585 comments)

Clearing throat... AMEN!

I've been using Firefox since Firebird. I've promoted it to I don't know how many users.

Now however I can't recommend it to anyone. It's been one long downward spiral since 3.6.

It has gotten so bad my son loaded Chrome on his notebook out of pure frustration with Firefox.

Sad, really sad...

Please Mozilla, quit breaking extensions and FIX the performance issues. You have to have the data, I've sent enough crash reports to yourself and Microsloth to fill a 1GB drive!

more than 2 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

wannabegeek2 Thanks for the memories... (1521 comments)

Mr. Malda,

I've been visiting /. for twelve or thirteen years. I was first introduced by a coworker and true geek. I've never reached beyond the level of a wannabegeek, but I've enjoyed /. immensely and learned much from it.

I truly appreciate what you and your partners started so many years ago. I truly hope that your departure is of your own choosing, and amicable.

I sincerely hope that you've been adequately compensated for what you've given the community over the years. I also sincerely hope you find peace, happiness, and compensation in your future.

For myself I want to thank you for having made me look far more intelligent and capable than I really am. Things I have learned of on /. have made me look good on more than one occasion.

Both from me, and many others I know, I simply want to say THANK YOU for /.

J.D.

about 3 years ago
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So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts

wannabegeek2 Thanks for the memories... (238 comments)

Mr. Malda,

I've been visiting /. for twelve or thirteen years. I was first introduced by a coworker and true geek. I've never reached beyond the level of a wannabegeek, but I've enjoyed /. immensely and learned much from it.

I truly appreciate what you and your partners started so many years ago. I truly hope that your departure is of your own choosing, and amicable.

I sincerely hope that you've been adequately compensated for what you've given the community over the years. I also sincerely hope you find peace, happiness, and compensation in your future.

For myself I want to thank you for having made me look far more intelligent and capable than I really am. Things I have learned of on /. have made me look good on more than one occasion.

Both from me, and many others I know, I simply want to say THANK YOU for /.

J.D.

about 3 years ago
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EU Demands Canada Rework Its Copyright, Patent Law

wannabegeek2 Re:As a Canadian... (271 comments)

I'm an American, and you cannot conceive of how much I agree with your position!

Best of luck!

(Expose and excise Corporatism. Businesses are NOT a component of "The People", at least as the US founding Fathers meant.)

more than 4 years ago
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$26 of Software Defeats American Military

wannabegeek2 Re:Sh..... (534 comments)

Hah! You've only been getting $7K? You need contacts in the "Black" world, $5K hammers make this $50K software!

more than 4 years ago
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Saying No To Promotions Away From Tech?

wannabegeek2 Re:You can't say NO (410 comments)

"I've managed people in the past, and it struck me that Management should really be a support role. My most valuable contribution as a manager was making sure my people understood what was expected and getting them the information and resources they needed to do their best work. This involved a lot of spreadsheets and scheduling, which had nothing to do with the job I was promoted from (mechanic). The second most valuable contribution was protecting my people from the whimsy and downright predation of higher management, who felt that their purpose in life was to crack whips and make sure everyone below them knew they were being watched."

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You must have been living my past life!

Congratulations on your view point and the protection of your staff. It's more rare than you probably realize. (Oh, and it won't do you any good in the future either...)

more than 4 years ago
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What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

wannabegeek2 Re:$8 an hour? (325 comments)

Wow! Where are you from?

I'm 47 and can either starve, take a minimum wage job (if I can get one), or go back to complete the only BS degree within reach (2 years, I have an Associates) in a likely worthless discipline.

If I choose to go back I get to wipe out my savings, as my wife works and we have assets. $30K minimum for the remaining 68 credit hours, plus my lost wages (say another $30K/yr).

The degree, if I can navigate the "new and improved" education system, has little direct marketability. If I'm lucky the B.S. ******* University on my CV will at least get me an interview, and if I'm lucky more than a minimum wage job.

At any rate, the return will likely not be positive before my daughter enters college.

Want to live here?

more than 4 years ago
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What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

wannabegeek2 Re:$8/hr !?!!?! (325 comments)

Yes it has, and worse.

I was in the aviation / aerospace area which has simply been obliterated.

24 months ago I made $78K / Yr. 18 months ago I made $95K / yr. sliding to $58.5K / yr as my employer slid into bankruptcy and eventually liquidation.

Having worked a whopping total of 4 months this year, $8/hr begins to look reasonable, especially the closer I get to the unemployment benefit expiring. (I'm at the top end of my states UI benefit range, which equals roughly $9.75 / hour. Take taxes and basic catastrophic medical coverage out of it and you're left with $5.65 / hour. If my wife was not still employed, my children would be going hungry.)

Harsh reality, but at least here in Indiana I estimate the REAL unemployment rate at above 25% including those who are either relegated to part time only work, or massively underemployed.

As for me, I have been under-degreed / over-compensated for years. In all probability my future is handyman and home networking odd jobs.

This for a middle aged guy with children WAY to close to when they SHOULD be preparing for college. Oh, and the same thing is happening to higher education costs which have already transpired in the US medical industry...

The US is in a real mess, with no realistic escape avenues. The most probable outcomes are either hyper-inflation and societal meltdown, or energy disruption (either a cut off of our suppliers, or self inflicted through "environmental protection") and further contraction of what is left of the economy.

The only bright spot is that in certain regions the US is now becoming a reasonable manufacturing location as real wages offset by transportation costs have made our citizens competitive with "third world" workers.

I am REALLY becoming concerned what my children will face. Historically, societies which experience our most probable futures have nasty and violent reorganizations. Based upon the continued expansion of Corporatism and the further stratification of our society I fear a French Revolution type of outcome.

more than 4 years ago
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Response To California's Large-Screen TV Regulation

wannabegeek2 Re:Deckchairs? (619 comments)

I absolutely agree! I assume by your comment then that you'll be doing your part to reduce the overpopulation and finding a way to excise yourself from humanity?

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

wannabegeek2 Re:Harry Turtledove's Alternate Histories (1021 comments)

A thousand additional points for starting with Asimov's "The Edge of Tomorrow". The stories are short, and most have a clear moral or social context. They also provide entry to many of the Asimov basics such as the three laws of robotics, and the "thinking computer".

more than 4 years ago
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More Climate Scientists Now Support Geoengineering

wannabegeek2 Here's a thought, lets act on facts!!!! (458 comments)

NASA will soon launch a satellite to directly monitor for the locations of ground level point sources of CO2. http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/oco-20081112.html

I suggest a moratorium on all of the "lets 'STOP' Global Warming" hoopla and gather some meaningful data. Let's find out where this evil CO2 is coming from and develop programs and incentives to reduce the actual sources.

If U.S. autos are a huge source, there is data to support moving to something else. If the U.S. Electrical power industry is one of the major sources, there is additional emphasis to stop pi**ing away money on Tokamaks and get serious about developing truly net positive fusion.

If the problem is China's factories or power generation, well the Chinese can clean up their mess.

As an incentive, let's suppose Chinese factories and power generation is a large component of man-made emissions. Consuming nations should make a decision if they can produce the goods they purchase from this high emission region at lower emissions. If so, imports from high per item emission producers should be reduced in favor of local production in lower emission areas.

One last comment, just because it bothered me so.

I recently saw the remake of the classic Sci-Fi B movie "The day the Earth stood still". I was disturbed by the omission of an epilogue which described the results of the closing scenes of the movie.

"... and with the loss of electrical and other power sources, industry shutdown, and all that depended upon mechanization died with it. Within weeks Billions of the Earth's inhabitants were starving. The cities became hunter killer grounds as those who could, took from those unable to protect themselves.

Within months humanity had retreated to a Medieval life style, as disease and starvation continued to reduce the numbers of humanity to a tiny fraction of those alive on the day of landing.

The forests were denuded as those left alive sought fuel to guard against the cold of the Northern Latitudes. Coal once again became a primary fuel source. Recovered from the ground as it had been 400 years before, by children working until their early deaths."

Yeah, just what I want for MY children! (Sarcasm intended)

To those who thought the ending of that movie was nirvana, I have a suggestion. Pool you money, buy a small country, move there and institute your "no carbon emission" fantasy. After your gone we'll come around to reclaim the land if we feel like we need it.

I for one DO NOT want to see my childrens future (economic, educational, or standard of living) eviscerated to fulfill someone else desire to "fight Global Warming".

Instead of generating completely unrealistic Carbon caps and Carbon reduction targets, which in reality will simply become the next economic weapon (and a HUGE moneymaker for those trading in "carbon credits"). Let's get serious about fixing the problem.

We need a new, continuous, throttleable energy source and a new high energy density, safe liquid fuel of low or 0 carbon emission. I'd feel much better about my standard of living being decimated if the reduction was being spent to develop these things, than to "conserve our way to Carbon nirvana".

In case you haven't noticed, you can't conserve your way to prosperity.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

wannabegeek2 My vote (1912 comments)

I voted, but as in the last few it wasn't for my candidate of choice, it was against the candidate I couldn't abide by winning.

My candidate would not become a whore to Corporations, would effectively ban lobbying by groups (of ANY kind).

Would respect the Constitution, even the parts they didn't like.

Would only sign single issue Bills.

Would endeavor to clean the garbage and deadwood out of the US Code of Federal Regulations and our nations Laws.

Would abandon our current taxation system and go to an end user consumption tax for ALL revenue other than import duties.

Would respect my privacy and not spy on me or my countrymen.

Would balance our budget and generate enough surplus to begin paying down our debt. (see above)

Would work with Congress to issue appropriate letters of Marque and Reprisal to eliminate those who threaten us, and bring our troops home as quickly as prudent.

Would begin an immediate effort to eliminate all Federally funded Energy programs which have not produced based upon their historical record, and transfer that funding to new programs with promise to reduce or end our energy dependence.

Unfortunately, my candidate does not exist

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Edward Snowden's coworker refutes NSA claims

wannabegeek2 wannabegeek2 writes  |  about 8 months ago

wannabegeek2 (1137333) writes "check for dupes.

in an article which purportedly was carefully verified, a former coworker states that the NSA's current PR blitz amounts to a smear campaign against Mr. Snowden. Further, he describes him as a genius among genius's, who was given the access he needed by the NSA, and did not need to steal or dupe his coworkers to obtain passwords to accomplish his task."

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UK 3D printer panic

wannabegeek2 wannabegeek2 writes  |  about 10 months ago

wannabegeek2 (1137333) writes "In what can only be described as a self fulfilled "prophesy" UK law enforcement is investigation the manufacture of alleged "gun parts" via a 3D printer.

"The BBC's home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said the discovery was "almost inevitable" because of the relatively few firearms in circulation.

The worst-case-scenario would be a cheap and 100% reliable device that could be made overnight and then destroyed after just one use, disposing of crucial evidence to pin to a suspect," he added."

The BBC correspondent's comment is however; rather far from the reality of weapons design and manufacturing, and smacks of yellow journalism."

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Open Document Format under pressure?

wannabegeek2 wannabegeek2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wannabegeek2 (1137333) writes "In the vein of "they are eating their young" comes this from a C|net News Blog, Posted by Martin LaMonica. http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9806369-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

"When it comes to document standards, it seems that one is never quite good enough.

Adding a twist to a high-stakes conflict over document formats, some advocates for OpenDocument, or ODF, are abandoning the standard in favor of the World Wide Web Consortium's Compound Document Formats standard.

The reason? Technical limitations in sharing ODF files with Microsoft Office applications.

"We can't meet our market requirements with OpenDocument," said Gary Edwards who started the OpenDocument Foundation last year. "The truth is OpenDocument was never designed to meet market requirements.""

The above is at least peripherally related to an earlier submission on /. http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/28/175215

What is going on?"

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